Splendor in the Glass
An examination of favorite spring tonics. Plus, Cantwell’s Tavern helps an Odessa landmark return to its roots, and check out a Giant Pit Stop at Dover International Speedway.
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A Giant Pit Stop
A temporary supermarket at Dover International Speedway makes life easier for campers, who can motor on in for just about anything.
For the thousands of NASCAR fans who camp on Dover International Speedway’s grassy RV lots and call it home for a race weekend, life just got a lot more convenient.
Last fall, prior to a September weekend of NASCAR races, workers installed a 5,000-square-foot Giant supermarket on RV Lot 10. The store carries all the perishables one needs for a killer tailgate—burgers, dogs, coleslaw, buns and charcoal—but the makeshift megamart is also loaded with a deli counter, seafood counter, health and beauty care items, and hundreds of perishable and drygood items.
“It was great for fans,” says track communications director Gary Camp. “It did well beyond expectations out there.”
The temporary but massive Giant store will be back this month for more NASCAR action May 13-15 (1-800-441-RACE for tickets). It takes Giant about a month to get set up. And while some skeptics expected the grocery chain to capitalize on its monopoly with higher prices, they were happy to learn the Speedway Giant matched the prices of typical Giant stores, including sale items.
There were a few things, however, that had to be learned along the way, such as items that Giant neglected to stock. The most requested item? Pepto-Bismol. Expect plenty in May. “NASCAR people are very passionate fans,” Camp says. “They travel across the country for this. It’s more than just a tailgate to them. It’s their vacation. They get great convenience and they get to pack less.” —Matt Amis
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